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Everything You Need To Know About Polyethylene Foam

December 29, 2021

Out of the different types of foams available in the market, polyethylene foam is one in most demand. Also referred to as PE foams, their multitude of qualities and advantages makes them applicable across different industries. There are many commercial and domestic uses for this unique type of foam. 


What makes polyethylene foam special?


One of the unique things about polyethylene is that it is a closed-cell foam. The tightly situated closed-cells make the foam resistant to water and moisture. PE is one of the most produced plastics in the world. In its basic form, polyethylene is a thermoplastic polymer. 


PE foams are made by heating the polymer compounds. These foams are rigid yet flexible and are used for making packaging material worldwide. One of the most common types of PE foam is anti-static foam. It is named so because of its anti-static abilities. 


This type of PE foam is used mainly as protection or cushion for electronic equipment and gadgets. The excellent static absorbing capability of these foams keeps the devices safe from any kind of damage. Anti-static polyethylene foams are also known as ESD foams. They are chemically treated to diffuse electro-static charges.


Some of the qualities of polyethylene foams that make them popular are listed below.


  • Flexibility: These foams are flexible and can be made into any shape, depending on the application.
  • Rigidity: Although flexible and soft, PE foams are also rigid, making them excellent packaging materials. 
  • Antimicrobial: These foams do not absorb water and are antimicrobial, making them safe to be used even in damp areas. 
  • Shock absorbent: PE foams are excellent shock absorbents. Their ability to retain the original shape after coming under pressure is impressive. Even sound-absorbent panels used in recording studios are made using this foam. 


For polyethylene foams of the highest quality, you can rely on Alcot Plastics. We are manufacturers of premium pool noodles, screening splines, and backer rods with clientele across Canada.